With the constant turmoil of openings, closings, too-damn-high rents, and the fickle whims of diners, the NYC food and drink scene morphs at an incredible rate, and in many ways it’s never been better. But where can a ravenous monster like yourself turn to find those places that have truly changed the game -- AND will never go out of style? Nowhere, that’s where.

Wait... Thrillist! That’s where! On March 30th, we’re going to induct our very first class of 11 New York winners into the Thrillist Food & Drink Hall of Fame, an eternal monument to what dining and imbibing greatness means in this nation, a place many people also refer to as "great."

Choosing 60 nominees out of thousands of contenders wasn’t easy. Some rules that helped us along the way: every establishment must be 1) open for more than five years, 2) open at some point during the calendar year of 2015, 3) damn great, and 4) representative of what people of all kinds love about eating and drinking in NYC -- we didn’t think the honors should only go to the fanciest places, so you’ll see dive bars and places for cheap burgers as well.

To help us pick the winners we're tapping voters all across the industry, from restaurant owners, to bartenders, to writers, including people like Justin Warner, Sam Mason, Mimi Sheraton, Andy Ricker, Dan Kluger, Editor in Chief of Vice Munchies Helen Hollyman, Kat Kinsman and Karen Palmer from Tasting Table, Max Falkowitz from Serious Eats, and too many more phenomenal people to mention right here. Check out the nominees below, and wait with semi-bated breath for the winners to be announced at our Inauguration Banquet on March 30th. It’s on.

Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and he thinks Pete Rose should open a really great restaurant and try his luck with THIS Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. 2nd Ave Deli 162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown)

An iconic restaurant in Midtown, 2nd Ave Deli has been serving Kosher dishes rich in Jewish tradition for generations, including Kreplach and Jewish Penicillin, and diner favorites like the Twin Double.

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2. Babbo 110 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

Mario Batali’s flagship restaurant is a charming former carriage house in the West Village serving high-end Italian fare with an elevated, chef-inspired twist on classic dishes. The pasta here is certainly worth the hype, like the pillowy potato gnocchi, cuddled in shreds of tender oxtail that’s been sautéed in a robust red wine and tomato-based ragu.

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3. Balthazar 80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Keith McNally’s bustling Balthazar embodies the image of a French brasserie ripped from a francophile fantasy, drawing brunching celebrities, steak frites fanatics, and throngs of tourists willing to pay top dollar for poached eggs. The people-watching is a chief lure -- and how could it not be when so many people are packed into the high-ceilinged space? The menu features the kind of dishes you'd find at Brasserie Lipp or Les Deux Magots, and though the twice-fried, sea salt-dusted fries are a must-order, the onion soup gratinée and duck confit are not to be missed. If you aren't looking to wine and dine at one of the red leather banquettes, stop by the adjacent bakery for baguettes, brioche buns, and pastries to-go.

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4. Barcade 388 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This arcade-themed bar (the first outpost of four) offers a vintage lineup ranging from Donkey Kong to Asteroids to be played while sipping craft beers from countless taps. While there's no kitchen, there is a binder full of local restaurant menus, so you can get food delivered if you work up an appetite.

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5. Bemelmans Bar 35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

If it weren’t for all the alcohol, you could mistake Bemelmans for the world’s most lavish nursery. That’s because the walls and lampshades are covered with whimsical illustrations from Ludwig Bemelmans, the man behind Madeline. But don’t come here with your kids on a Sunday afternoon; instead, come on Friday, and grab a table on the floor or, if you can, a spot in one of the rich chocolate-brown banquets around the perimeter of the room and listen to live jazz and piano in the evenings. There’s a cover charge past 9pm on Sunday and Monday and 9:30pm Tuesday-Saturday, so be sure to get there early for a first-come-first-serve spot. The menu is all class, from fine wines to cocktails like the pisco sour and top-notch martinis. While you sip, tilt your head back to catch a glimpse of the 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling.

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6. The Blind Tiger 281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Arguably the epitome of a New York City craft beer bar and a true pioneer in the NYC craft scene, Blind Tiger’s been doling out a fine selection of the top tier libations since it opened in 1995. It’s the go-to spot to meet folks from your favorite breweries who happen to be swinging through town, and the tap takeovers are legendary to say the least. Sip from 28 taps, two casks and a staggering list of microbrew bottles.

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7. Blue Ribbon 97 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Blue Ribbon's a stellar late-night joint, cozying up great 'tails with great (and interesting) company.

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8. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102 (Queens)

One can never really go wrong at a beer garden, especially not at Bohemian, where $16 draft beer pitchers are reason enough to show. And, should you be in the mood to learn Czech or Slovak, why not register for their language classes? here. Not into languages? Kick off the World Cup in European Beer garden-style and pretend you know what people mean when they say "footie".

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9. Bouley 163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

High-profile Chef David Bouley continuously impresses with old-school class and an innovative menu at this French outpost. Diners can expect to be served picturesque dishes like Malibu sea urchin in spiky shells and fallow venison. The price points may be in the once-a-year splurge range, but for the sophisticated and unabashedly upscale standards to which the restaurant aspires, consider the royal treatment here a steal.

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10. Corner Bistro 331 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

From the outside, Corner Bistro seems like an unassuming dive, but step inside this iconic NYC establishment, which touts itself as one of "the last of the bohemian bars" in West Village, and you'll find plenty of local charm. A timeless NYC tavern and dive, Corner Bistro is renowned for its burgers; piled high with juicy beef, crispy bacon and melted American cheese, they're tasty, satisfying, and affordable.

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11. Daniel 60 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065 (Upper East Side)

Daniel is lauded Chef Daniel Boulud's renowned restaurant on the Upper East Side, serving seasonal French cuisine with a side of elegant ambiance. Expect to pair world-class wines with a number of unique dishes, or grab a cocktail and late-night dessert at the swank bar/lounge. A popular location for weddings and rehearsal dinners, Daniel is a great place to bring a date when you have a little extra cash to spend.

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12. Death & Company 433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Death & Co. is a high-end, dimly lit sanctuary for both the casual AND professional mixologist/cocktail enthusiast. Responsible for launching the careers of many of New York's most prominent bartenders, this speakeasy has produced a 500-recipe cocktail book and enough top-notch drinks to keep both locals and newcomers ready for the wait, and insatiably eager for another visit. Martinis are served in 5oz glasses with the remainder in an iced carafe, and Old Fashioneds are reinvented with reposado tequila, mezcal, and a flaming orange. While the decor is certainly reminiscent of Prohibition-era times, the drinks remain cutting-edge.

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13. Del Posto 85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Brought to you by infamous restaurateurs and chefs Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, and Mark Ladner, Del Posto is arguably one of the best Italian fine-dining spots in the city. The elegant interior features lots of black, red, and gold decor, as well as a candle-lit marble staircase in the center of the room, and the menu is a gold-mine, featuring delicious house-made pastas, salads, and beautiful cuts of meat.

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14. Delmonico's Bar & Grill 56 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004 (Financial District)

This Financial District steakhouse is straight-up historic. Open in one form or another since 1837, Delmonico's was the first fine-dining restaurant to open in New York -- and reputably the first restaurant to serve dishes like eggs Benedict, baked Alaska, and lobster Newburg. Today, you'll still have a plush experience filled with old-school grandeur, thanks to white tablecloths, an attentive staff, and massive murals that depict turn-of-the-century New York. The signature Delmonico steak is excellent, as is the filet mignon and 40-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye.

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15. Di Fara Pizza 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

You'll have to brave a long line, but it's more than worth it for Dom DeMarco's handmade pies, lauded by many as the best in New York, and featuring a sauce made with simple San Marzanos; a sprinkling DeMarco's blend of Grana Padano, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses; and a careful snipping of fresh basil across the top.

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16. Diner 85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Marlow & Sons brother resto sits right next door and's serving fresh American eats.

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17. Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

There is no shortage of fine dining in New York City, but you'll be hard pressed to find any place better than Eleven Madison Park to splurge on a fancy meal. The sophisticated 7-9 course seasonal tasting menu features all local ingredients, with creative plays on modern American cuisine. As if the meal wasn't impressive enough on it's own, EMP also offers an unbeatable view of Madison Square Park.

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18. Esca 402 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

Another in the Batali/Bastianich empire, this seafood-centric beauty (with a great outdoor garden in the summer) delivers with fantastic wines, interesting aperitivo, some amazingly fresh and varied crudo, pasta like the briny, creamy Maccheroni alla chittarra with sea urchin and crabmeat, and main attractions like the salt baked cod cracked out of its salty tomb tableside.

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19. Fette Sau 354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

"Fat Pig" is the German translation of this barbecue spot's name, and that's exactly what you'll feel like (in the best possible way) after a meal here. Fette's dry-rubbed BBQ and special smoke blend makes their meat both unique and delicious. The pork belly gets its own espresso-inflected rub and the brisket comes with a fatty top layer that basically dissolves in your mouth.

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20. Frying Pan 205 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

Located at Pier 66 in Chelsea, the Frying Pan is quite literally a bar on a docked boat. The boat is a historic 1929 lightship, and the outdoor bar juts far out into the pier thanks to a long barge. A center bar and grill serves up beer and bar bites like Pat LaFrieda sirloin burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and garlic fries. There's a dance floor at the end of the barge, which gets more and more crowded as the sun sets on happy hour.

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21. Gotham Bar and Grill 12 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003 (Greenwich Village)

This iconic Greenwich Village outpost offers upscale New American eats in a trendy and palatial space. Expertly prepared dishes like steak frites, tartare, and foie gras are presented with finesse and careful attention to detail, and the sommeliers' personalized recommendations off the house-curated wine list will ensure the perfect pairing. A night out at Gotham is sure to impress your palate, not to mention whomever you happen to be dining with.

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22. Gramercy Tavern 42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003 (Flatiron)

This upscale, Michelin-starred restaurant from the mind behind Union Square Cafe, Blue Smoke, and Shake Shack revives the classic American tavern with sophisticated (and affordable) entrees, such as shrimp and squash stew, jerk chicken, and a chocolate peanut butter pie for two. But more popular than GT's entrees, wine list, and refined cocktails is its off-menu Tavern Burger, which is expertly made with a specially sourced blended patty (50% chuck, 25% brisket, 25% short rib), and blanketed in melted cheddar with smoky bacon strips on a house-baked bun.

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23. Grand Central Oyster Bar 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown East)

Grand Central's landmark Oyster Bar has been around since 1913 and, despite losing business due to the decline of long-haul train travel, its reinvention around the mid-'70s revived it into what's now an award-winning American restaurant serving super-fresh, top-quality seafood. It also has an extensive wine list.

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24. Il Mulino New York 86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012 (Greenwich Village)

Look no further for great Italian in NYC. Il Mulino's Greenwich Village location has been regarded as the best Italian spot for over two decades for its service, generous portions, and wine selection.

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25. Jean-Georges 1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023 (Midtown)

There are plenty of fine dining opportunities in New York City, but none of them can compare to Jean-Georges. Since its opening to critical acclaim in 1997, Jean-Georges has been known for its beautifully crafted dishes that blend French, American, and Asian cultural influences. The menu here changes seasonally and is created with locally sourced ingredients to ensure that every visitor can enjoy a truly exceptional meal.

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26. J.G. Melon 1291 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

One of New York's most classic burgers can be found at this prepster pub that's been serving the Upper East Side since 1972. The hallmark of J.G. Melon is the hamburger, comprised of a griddled beef patty and American cheese on a toasted potato bun. If you aren't a regular who lives within a five-block radius, the bar burger really is the only reason to go to J.G. Melon, whose melon decor and green-checkered tablecloths haven't changed much since it first opened.

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27. Joe's Pizza 7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 (Greenwich Village)

Joe's Pizza is the epitome of an NYC slice joint. The West Village original has been doling out perfectly simple slices of New York and Sicilian-style pies since 1975. The process is simple: wait in line, pay for a slice, fold it in half, and eat it while standing.

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28. Katz's Delicatessen 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Open since 1888 on the corner of East Houston and Ludlow Street, Katz's is synonymous with iconic New York City food, specifically, slow-cured pastrami and corned beef. There's usually a line filled with a mix of tourists, die-hard New Yorkers, and everyone in between, and the wait is nothing but proof of the stacked sandwiches' pure goodness. You receive a paper ticket when you walk in, order at the counter (be ready!), and wait while the servers sling layers of pink meat onto cafeteria trays. If pastrami on rye (or better yet, a hot reuben) is your kind of late-night food, then you're in luck -- Katz's is open all night on Fridays and Saturdays. Words to the wise: stock up on napkins, order a generous side of pickles, and whatever you do, don't lose your ticket.

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29. Keens Steakhouse 72 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown West)

Keens was the gentlemen-only meeting place for all sorts of playwrights, publishers, producers, and newsmen of the Herald Square Theatre District back in the day... which was 1885, by the way. Today, the legendary steakhouse maintains its reputation and continues to deliver quality eats in an old-timey atmosphere, and women are now allowed in (!!). Wondering what to order? Try the mutton chops, word is you won't regret it.

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30. L&B Spumoni Gardens 2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Far out in Bensonhurst is this iconic Italian restaurant that serves the epitome of what a Sicilian pizza should be. L&B Spumoni Gardens serves a full menu of classic Italian pastas and meat entrees, but you're really there for the plump, doughy squares of pizza topped with tart tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. You can order by the slice or by the tray, and if the weather's nice, definitely snag a seat outside at the red picnic tables.

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31. La Esquina/Corner Deli 114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

The outstanding tacos -- served individually -- are the real deal at this perpetually popular outpost on Kenmare. Below the taqueria is a not-so-secret secret subterranean dining room, where you can snag margaritas, queso fundido, chile relleno, and carne asada with chimichurri in a decidedly sexier environment. Search for the door with the "Employees Only" sign behind the bouncer inside.

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32. Le Bernardin 155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

Le Bernardin is the Meryl Streep of the New York restaurant scene. It has all the necessary accolades for being the best (three Michelin stars, seven James Beard awards), and other restaurants don’t even try to compete with it. Chef Eric Ripert has mastered the art of seafood in the form of a caviar-heavy prix fixe menu that tastes best with the optional wine pairing. Add white tablecloths and five-star service, and you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime dinner.

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33. Lombardi's Pizza 32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

Although it closed for 10 years and then reopened a block away from the original, this place is considered the first pizza joint in America, and thus basically the birthplace of every other old-school pizza place in the city -- Patsy’s, John’s, and Totonno’s were all started by former employees here. While it’s pretty much a place tourists go now, the pies are still on point and the clam pie in particular always delivers.

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34. McSorley's Old Ale House 15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003 (Lower East Side)

Opened in 1854, McSorley’s is the oldest still-running saloon in NYC, and was one of the last “Men Only” pubs in NY (until 1970). When you visit, you’ll truly feel like you’ve stepped into a bit of city history -- after all, you'll be sitting at the very same counter Abe Lincoln and John Lennon did. McSorley’s also keeps it real with just two beers -- the house ale, light or dark, and nothing else.

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35. Minetta Tavern 113 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012 (Greenwich Village)

In the heart of Greenwich Village, Minetta Tavern boasts a classic oak bar, vintage photos on the walls, and supremely delicious burgers (amongst other menu items). Its Black Label Burger has quite the reputation -- it's an 8oz blend of Pat LaFrieda prime dry-aged beef, cooked until there's a nice, light crust on top, then dressed with caramelized onions on a custom brioche bun.

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36. The Modern 9 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown East)

While the art decor is definitely one of highlights of The Modern’s glass-lined dining room, the best part has to be its by-the-dish menu. With 21 items to choose from (and all but one under $30), Modern’s menu offers an affordable meal in the midst of decor even Mark Cuban couldn’t afford.

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37. Momofuku Noodle Bar 171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Momofuku has the OG pork bun that spurred a million copycats, and it’s surprisingly simple: steamed bao, roasted belly, cucumbers, and scallions. By now, most people are familiar with David Chang's culinary empire. The chef's Midas touch has blessed diners with a slew of Momofuku-associated venues offering cocktails, pastries, and fine-dining -- but above all is his ramen. Chang worked in Japanese shops way back in the early aughts before jump-starting the NYC ramen craze in 2004, and the varieties here are loaded with pork belly and pork shoulder, smoked chicken, and veggie options with chickpea and kale.

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38. Morimoto 88 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

This Chelsea hot spot for sushi and Asian cuisine is pricy, but the elegant atmosphere and mouth-watering dishes are worth it.

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39. Nobu 105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

Nobu has been a staple in NYC for Japanese cuisine since opening in the early '90s for combining tradition and innovation to produce an exquisite dining experience for patrons.

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40. Nom Wah Tea Parlor 13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013 (Chinatown)

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Nom Wah has been around in some form since 1920. It's been a bakery, kitchen, and now it's a dim sum specialist and tea house. Today, it still maintains its vintage looks and if you want to taste their claim to fame, order the fried sesame balls with lotus paste and the almond cookie.

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41. Old Town Bar 45 E 18th St., New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

While many other bars are trying to create it, old-school New York charm comes naturally to this institution, which has been slinging drinks since 1882 (then known as Viemeister’s). The charm, however, is not the only anachronism that makes it so popular: Old Town also boasts a mahogany bar, distressed mirrors, a dumbwaiter, and high, tin ceilings.

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42. P.J. Clarke's 915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown)

A New York institution, P.J. Clarke's has delivered on the fancy cheeseburger promise since 1884. And while Midtown in the new millennia no longer projects late-20th century old money glam, the venue continues to maintain a setting of demure class. Come for the bacon cheeseburgers, stay for the exemplary cocktails.

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43. Pearl Oyster Bar 18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Located in the West Village, this charming seafoodery is loaded with chilled seafood, small plates, and large plates, all featuring fresh ocean fare, from lobster to shrimp and, of course, oysters.

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44. Per Se 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023 (Hells Kitchen)

Thomas Keller's French-American institution above Columbus Circle is an emblem of haute dining in New York and the entire country. The nine-course tasting menu features Keller's signature starter of oysters, caviar, and tapioca pearls, plus general culinary masterpieces. There's a BYO option to bring wine that isn't available on the menu.

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45. Peter Luger 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This New York institution (opened in 1887) is specifically known for its old-school, impeccable waitstaff and its sizzling, perfectly cooked, buttery porterhouse. The wine list sticks to a strict but to-the-point number of options that pair perfectly with the dishes, and the lunchtime hamburger -- a mix of ground chuck and trimmings from the aged steaks -- is simply something you can't get anywhere else.

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46. Prune 54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Warning: you're going to be a bit cramped. Prune's turned into one of the most influential restaurants with food like Spatchcocked Pigeon and Roasted Marrow Bones. Don't miss brunch here either because the Bloody Marys rock. From classic to Chicago Matchbox, they've got every flavor you've ever wanted.

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47. Raoul 180 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Raoul's still offers just about the best meal you'll ever eat in a tee shirt and jeans. Their Steak au Poivre might be the finest in Manhattan, and the Duck Cooked Two Ways is as good as it is bizarrely suggestive.

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48. Rattle N Hum 14 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown)

For an all-inclusive beer experience, head to midtown's Rattle N Hum, where beer flights, 40+ rotating beers on tap, and specialty bottles will satisfy any and all beer lovers. Foodwise, the menu of bar bites like lobster mac ‘n cheese, baby lamb sliders, and IPA French fries will soak up all of that alcohol-induced hunger.

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49. The River Café 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The on-the-waterfront American-style cafe has got great grub, as well as some seriously unique libations.

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50. Roberta's Pizza 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (Bushwick)

Don’t be dissuaded by the gritty, graffiti-splattered cinder-block facade, Roberta’s is among New York’s most celebrated pizzerias, having made an international footprint (sauce print?) with visiting Europeans and local Bushwick loft-dwellers alike who endure long waits on nights and weekends for a table. Inside the red front door, you'll find a warm dining room and open kitchen where blistering discs of dough are pulled out of an Italian-made wood-burning oven and given names like Speckenwolf (mozzarella, crispy speck, cremini mushroom, red onion, oregano) and Millennium Falco (parmesan, pork sausage, red onion). The final product is Neapolitan-like in taste and structure, and since you probably won't have any leftovers, do yourself one last favor and buy a loaf of bread from the on-site bakery on your way out.

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51. Russ & Daughters 179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Open since 1914, Russ & Daughters is the NYC standard for cured fish, spreads, and other “appetizers,” which are the traditional Jewish food eaten with bagels. This piece of New York history (which, in 2014, opened a more formal cafe that is also located in the Lower East Side) is still the place to grab a bagel and schmear or one of its near-perfect deli counter sandwiches, like the Super Heebster, a mammoth bagel sandwich with Whitefish & baked salmon salad, horseradish-dill cream cheese, and wasabi flying fish roe.

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52. Shake Shack 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

Long before Shake Shack was an international chain with outposts as far as Dubai, it was a hot dog stand in Madison Square Park. The original location is still in the park, but instead of a roaming cart, it's a large kiosk surrounded by a sea of outdoor tables. There are two lines, an express one reserved for cold orders (that would be the frozen custard and concretes -- get them, they're good) and a regular one for everything else, which includes the signature ShackBurgers, crinkle-cut fries, and flat-top hot dogs.

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53. The Spotted Pig 314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014-2369 (West Village)

April Bloomfield's West Village restaurant and bar is a fan-favorite among celebrities, lifetime New Yorkers, and tourists, known for its bucket list-worthy chargrilled roquefort burger with shoestring fries. The British-meets-Italian gastropub famously doesn't take reservations, but it's also open until 2am nightly, so if you can't get a table during peak dinner hours, then a late-night seat at the bar is your best bet -- and probably the most quintessential New York experience.

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54. Spring Lounge 48 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

There's nothing quite like getting up bright and early to toss back a couple of brews at 8am. OK, so eggs and coffee may be the more sensible route, but at least you know you have the option over at Spring Lounge. This Nolita dive has a diverse crowd, a great beer selection, and free beer-braised hot dogs on Wednesdays. The bar was opened illegally in the 1920s as a "to-go" shop and has gone through several transformations since. It became Spring Lounge in the '70s, but is referred to as Shark Bar throughout the neighborhood.

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55. Sunny's Bar 253 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Red Hook)

A relic of Red Hook's pre-gentrification, working class days lives on in Sunny’s bar, even if beloved proprietor Antonio Balzano, aka Sunny, died in 2016. His family has owned and operated the dark hole-in-the-wall by the river since the late 1890s, when it was one of many bars and restaurants that catered to ship builders who worked nearby. The cash-only dive now draws a mix of neighborhood locals and migrating “authenticity seekers” for cheap beer and cover-free live music.

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56. Sushi of Gari 402 E 78th St, New York, NY 10075 (Upper East Side)

Masatoshi "Gari" Sugio is legendary in NYC for dishing out one-of-kind sushi and meals like tuna with tofu cream and foie gras sushi. He's opened multiple locations throughout the city over the years, but the original Upper East Side still reigns supreme.

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57. Sylvia's Restaurant 328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027 (Harlem)

This Harlem soul-food staple has been drawing in folks for its mouthwatering fried chicken since 1962. For a truly enlightening experience, wander in for Sunday Gospel Brunch, where chicken & waffles and steak & eggs come with Bloody Marys and Hail Marys, courtesy of live gospel musicians that hammer home the idea of food as a religious experience, and allow you to atone for the sins of eating too many grits in one sitting.

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58. Union Square Cafe 21 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

After 30 years on 16th street, Danny Meyer's trailblazing Union Square Cafe is reopening a few blocks up at 19th street and Park Avenue. The five-time James Beard Award-winner and perennial NYC favorite serves American-Italian dishes and sources many of its ingredients from the nearby greenmarket.

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59. Vazacs Horseshoe Bar / 7B 108 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Vazacs Horseshoe Bar, also known as 7B, is an East Village staple with a star-studded history. The arched castle-like doors and rough brick exterior served as the façade of the Life Café in the movie Rent, and the interiors were used for The Godfather, Part II and Marvel's Jessica Jones. To East Village/Alphabet City locals, it's known as the perfect dive to meet your friends and throw back some cheap beers.

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